Friday, October 26, 2012
Breakfast links: Watkins an injured Eagle
By Dan Graziano
New York Giants
Oh, you know they went to Martellus Bennett looking for some Cowboys trash talk in advance of Sunday's big game in Big D. But the self-proclaimed "black unicorn" wouldn't play along. Says he hasn't circled the date on his calendar because he doesn't have a calendar. He's probably got one on his phone, but you don't really circle dates on those.
The Giants know Tony Romo well, but they don't know what they're going to see from him Sunday in Dallas. Giants LB/DL Mathias Kiwanuka says Romo can be great or... not great.
New Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles says he's not planning to reinvent anything, and that the Eagles' defense under him is going to tweak some things they were doing under Juan Castillo but won't make major changes.
The Eagles may have to play Sunday without right guard Danny Watkins, who has an ankle injury and was the only Eagle to miss practice Thursday. Rookie Dennis Kelly would be in line to replace him, it appears, though I still think it might make sense to move Todd Herremans in there and play King Dunlap and Demetress Bell at the tackle spots.
Tight end Jason Witten was not at full strength in the Sept. 5 season opener against the Giants, as he was rushing back from a spleen injury. Todd Archer says to expect Witten to be a big part of the game plan against New York this time around.
Anthony Spencer helped give the defense a jolt last week with his return from injury, and he says the Cowboys' defense isn't going to have to change much just because star inside linebacker Sean Lee is out. Brave talk, especially from someone who's seen Lee's game film.
London Fletcher missed practice again Thursday due to the balance issues he's having, and there remains a chance he could miss the first game of his career Sunday. But as Stephen Whyno writes, the Redskins are aware that Fletcher is 37 and won't play forever, and they're already making plans for the day when they can no longer count on him.
Mike Wise writing on Chris Cooley's return to the NFL? Yeah, I'd say that's got a pretty good chance to be entertaining. I'll read that.